March 21, 2017
ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, honored Richard C. Dykstra, Sr., of Dykstra Home Services in Crestwood, IL, with the 2017 Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award. The award was presented this morning as part of Industry Champions Breakfast at the IE3 Show, taking place this week at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN.
Dykstra was a standout candidate for this prestigious award due to his significant contributions to the community and the industry. Under his leadership, his family and company have reached out to positively impact the lives of those in need and for the betterment of nearby communities through a wide range of charitable efforts, including:
- Preparing meals and feeding the homeless in Chicago.
- Replacing rooftop HVAC units at the William Leonard Public Library in Robbins, IL, and the Journey Crisis Counseling Center in Mokena, IL, with donated equipment.
- Donating money and equipment to local schools and their sports programs.
"Skip was an iconic leader with a unique passion for life, service to country and profession," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. "Richard, his family, and his team at Dykstra Home Services truly embody Skip's spirit of giving. They have gone above and beyond to help enrich the lives of those who are less fortunate than them and provide hope and growth opportunities to the most vulnerable people in their community."
"Receiving the Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award is a huge honor for me," said Dykstra. "I believe that if you have the means and ability to give to those less fortunate than yourself, you should. Being able to help my community, and other communities like mine, become better and safer places is no small task, and I hope to be able to be a significant part of doing so for many more years."
The Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award was established by ACCA in memory of Skip Snyder, a past national chairman of ACCA and NATE, who passed away in the Fall of 2013. Skip was an iconic figure in the HVACR industry, but through his many benevolent efforts and actions, he left his footprints everywhere – especially at ACCA. The award will be given in the future to recognize an ACCA member that has made extraordinary contributions to the betterment of society and community. It is a tribute that defines Skip's remarkable character and his philosophy of life – helping, caring, and sharing with others.